Call for Papers: Theatrical Event Working Group, Shanghai IFTR 2019.

11 December, 2018 | 0 comments

Call for Papers - Theatrical Event Working Group. Shanghai IFTR 2019.

Rethinking the Theatrical Event after 22 years of TE Working Group's activity

Theatrical Events?

What more is there to say about Theatrical Events after 22 years of annual Working Group meetings, intensive discussions and criticism, and five book publications? Well, the present group members are convinced that the idea of theatre and performance as event still offers theoretical perspectives and analytical tools of surprising quality and value. Therefore we would like to invite new participants and former members of the group to contribute fresh suggestions and future directions for the meeting in Shanghai in 2019.

Contributions may deal with any kind of historical or contemporary theatrical event in the broadest sense, i.e. from traditional theatre performances to installations, rituals and ceremonies, festivals, concerts, games etc. The point of departure should always be a particular event described and analysed from a specific perspective: its conventions, organisation, time and place, the encounter between performers and spectators or the general character of playing. In all cases, cultural and other key contexts should be taken into consideration. 

Contributors are expected to get familiar with the books the Working Group has published, in particular some of the theoretical ideas and models which were presented in Theatrical Events (2004), Festivalising! (2007) and Playing Culture (2014); a book on Theatre Scandalswill be published in 2019 and another book on Contexts is in preparation.

Contributions for the Shanghai conference should make explicit theoretical frames and chosen perspectives, conceived as a work-in-progress, no more than 3-4000 words, with a clear idea but ample room for revisions and additions. Once the abstract has been accepted, the first version of the paper should be distributed among the group’s members about 3 weeks before the meeting. Since everyone has read all the papers when we see each other, the meeting is mainly devoted to constructive discussions that should enable the authors to continue the development of their ideas and writing of a final text that will be discussed again at the Working Group meeting in 2020.

The convenors are happy to answer your questions and give advice concerning the procedures and the expectations we have towards new members in the group.

So, please feel welcome to join the Working Group exploring The Theatrical Event.

Convenor: Prof. Vicki Cremona: vicki.cremona@um.edu.mt

Co-Convenor: Dr. Naphtaly Shem-Tov: naphtalysh@openu.ac.il 

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